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B.S Program

B.S Program

All courses required for graduation must be taken for credit and for a letter grade, except those courses indicated below (see “Courses in Which a Grade of "B-" or Better Is Required,” “Courses in Which a Grade of "C" or Better Is Required,” below). The following courses must be taken for credit, but are graded “Pass/Fail”: Practice of Medicine 1 (POM1; MED 29309 and MED29409) and Practice of Medicine 2 (POM2; MED39509 and MED39609)

In MED courses, the Course Director, in consultation with the Department Chairperson, establishes course requirements and determines whether a student has fulfilled them (see "Guidelines for Medical Courses," above).

Information on the evaluation and grading procedures in non-MED courses may be provided by each instructor at the beginning of the course.

Grades may not be changed after one year of completion of the course.

•       A letter grade indicating the student's level of performance in the course (see "Grading Policies and Requirements," below) if the student successfully completed all course requirements;

•     A grade of "INC” [incomplete] if the student had been doing passing work but was unable to complete the course for an acceptable reason (e.g., missing the final exam because of serious illness) or if the student’s in-class average was satisfactory, but the student failed the NBME subject examination;

•      A grade of “PEN” [pending] (see "Grades Given in Failed MED Courses," below) if the student's overall average was unsatisfactory and the student is allowed to do additional course work in order to pass the course; the Course Director should indicate if a reassessment examination is recommended.

An evaluation of "INC" [incomplete] or “PEN” [pending] must be accompanied by a narrative stating both the reasons for the grade and the Course Director's recommendations as to what the student must do to satisfy the course requirements. The Course Director may recommend, for example, that the student complete the course by:

•    Passing a special or review program devised by the Course Director;

•    passing a reexamination (with the time and place specified);       

•    or both

If the Course Director considers it appropriate, a passing grade may also be accompanied by a brief narrative further evaluating the student's performance.

At the beginning of each MED course, the Course Director provides the students, the Deputy Dean for Medical Education, the Learning Resource Center and the Student Academic Progress Committee with documentation describing the review course and reassessment examination and criteria for students’ eligibility for the reassessment examination. At the end of the course, the Course Director will recommend in writing to the Student Academic Progress  Committee  which  students  are  eligible  for  the  review  course and reassessment examination and which should repeat the course in the prescription year. The Student Academic Progress Committee will make a final decision regarding eligibility of the student for the review course and reassessment examination after considering his or her record.

i.     Courses in Which a Grade of "B-" or Better Is Required

Students are required to complete all the MED courses in the B.S. curriculum (except as noted below) at an "A" [A+, A, A-] or "B" [B+, B, B-] level. A grade of “P” (Pass) will not suffice.

ii.            Courses in Which a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Examination Is Required

Subject Examinations will be administered in all courses where a subject exam is available from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). If the Course Director and Chairperson determine the NBME exam insufficiently  matches  the  course  material, they may elect to eliminate its required use. This decision must be approved by the Curriculum Committee prior to the beginning of the course.

The following policy applies:

•     If the Course Director and Chairperson elect not to administer the NBME exam for any course, this decision must be approved by the Curriculum Committee prior to the beginning of the course. Students may be allowed to take the NBME exam as part of the course requirements, even when the requirement to pass the NBME exam is dropped from course requirements. These policies will be noted in the course syllabus.

•     The NBME subject examination will serve as the final comprehensive exam;

•     No numerical credit will be given towards the final course grade from the NBME subject examination;

•     If the NBME subject examination is required for the BS degree, it must be passed with a score equivalent to a minimum percentile of 11 or greater. In cases in which there is no specific score assigned to the 11th percentile, the next lower score that is closest to the 11th percentile will be used as the passing score.       This requirement does not apply to customized NBME subject exams.

•    If NBME subject examinations are required, they may be retaken once and must be passed if the initial examination is failed.

  * The policies above do not apply to customized NBME examinations

iii.     Courses in Which a Grade of "C" or Better Is Required

Students  must  earn  a  grade  of  "C"  or  better  in  the  following  academic courses required for graduation. A grade of “P” (Pass) will not suffice.

MED10200           Principles of General Chemistry

MED20300           Bio-Organic Chemistry

BIO20700             Biology of Organisms

FIQWS10013       Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar – Creative Expression: Narrative Medicine

FIQWS10113       Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar – Creative Expression: Composition

ENGL21003         Writing for the Sciences

PHYS20300        General Physics I

PHYS20400        General Physics II

PSY10200           Applications of Psychology in the Modern World

USSO10100        The Development of the United States and Its People

WCIV10100          World Civilizations: Prehistory – 1500 A.D.

WCIV10200           World Civilizations: 1500 A.D. to Present

* All electives counted in fulfilling the electives requirement for graduation, except for Independent Study, which may be graded Pass/Fail.

 

iv.        Courses in Which a Temporary Grade of “Y” [Year-long] Is Given

Students in MED courses that extend for two semesters receive a temporary grade of “Y” [year-long] in the first semester. The letter grade finally awarded for both semesters is based on all work done in the course. A grade of “Y” [year-long] will be given at the end of the first semester in the following courses, MED20400 – MED30501 (Molecules to Cells I & II).

If a student is dismissed (or resigns) from the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program and the student  is registered for course(s) that extend into the next semester, the student cannot be granted a  grade  of  "Y"[year-long].  If an  evaluation can be assessed for the student's performance, then the Course Director may give the student a grade for the semester completed, depending on the student's performance in the course.

If the Course Director cannot assess the performance of the student, the student may be assigned a grade of “NC” [no credit] or “W” [withdrawal] on appeal to the Student Academic Progress Committee.

v.     Required Minimum Grade Point Average

Students must maintain at least a "C" average, the minimum grade point average allowed by City College, as stipulated in the CCNY Bulletin of Undergraduate Programs.

City College regulations require that a student with a GPA below 2.0 (1.75 or lower if a first-year student)  be placed on academic probation. A student on GPA probation will be subject to dismissal if, one year later, the GPA has not increased to 2.0 or above.

vi.     Grades Given in Failed MED Courses in the B.S. Program

If a student's overall average in a MED course [except in  General  Chemistry  (MED 10200) and Bio-Organic Chemistry (MED 20300)] is unsatisfactory, the student will receive a grade of “PEN” [pending] in that course (see "Guidelines for Medical Courses," above). If the Course Director recommends the student for a reassessment program and the student is eligible, the student will take a reassessment examination. If the student successfully passes the reassessment examination, the grade of “PEN” [pending] will be changed to a passing grade. Since only the passing grade will appear on the student's final transcript even though the student's original performance in the course was unsatisfactory, the student will not be eligible to receive a grade higher than the minimum passing grade (i.e., B-).

If a student does not pass the reassessment examination and is eligible to retake the course during the following academic year, the grade of “PEN” [pending] will be converted to a grade of “NC” [no credit]. When a student repeats a MED course, the student is required to repeat all course requirements, including retaking and passing NBME subject examination. Under these circumstances, the student will be eligible to receive a grade of "A" in the retaken course, since the student's transcript will include both grades (the “NC” [no credit] and the grade in the retaken course) and will thus record the original unsatisfactory performance.

   If a student fails a MED course and subsequently is dismissed (or resigns) from the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, the Course Director may give the student a non-passing grade of "C," (in courses in which a grade of "B-" is required to pass the course) "P," or "F," depending on the student's performance in the course. A grade of “PEN” [pending] may be changed to a grade of “NC” [no credit] on appeal to the Student Academic Progress Committee.

If a Third-year student who is not eligible to repeat a course in the next academic year (either because the student is on a prescription year or has previously had a prescription year) achieves a grade in a third year MED course that is below a “B-” (i.e., 70), that student would ordinarily be dismissed. However, if the student’s overall grade is the minimum CCNY passing grade of 60 or higher, the Course Director may award a grade of “C” or “P” as a final course grade.

If the student successfully completes all other third-year courses, the Student Academic Progress Committee may then recommend the student for the awarding of the B.S. degree, but the student would NOT be approved for admission to the medical school. The student must pass all other courses of the third year, but would not be required to take the NBME subject exam at the conclusion of those other courses.

Failure of a second course in the third year will be grounds for dismissal.

vii.   Grades  Given  When  the National  Board  of  Medical  Examiners (NBME) Subject Examination is Failed

If a student passes a course based on passing the course assessments as defined by the course director and the syllabus, but the student fails the NBME subject examination, the student will receive a grade of “INC” [incomplete]. The student will be required to take a second NBME subject examination.

If the student then successfully passes the NBME subject examination, the grade of "INC” [incomplete] will be changed to a passing grade. The grade assigned will be determined by the grading policies and standards of the course. In this case the student will be eligible to receive a grade higher than the minimum passing grade.

If a student fails the NBME subject examination on the second attempt, the grade of“INC” [incomplete] will convert to “PEN” [pending].

•      If the student is  eligible  to  repeat the course  during  the following academic year, the student will receive a grade of “NC” [no credit] for the course.

•    If the student is not eligible to repeat the course in the next academic year, (either because the student is on a prescription year or has previously had a prescription year) the student will be dismissed. The student may then receive a grade of “P” (which does not satisfy requirements for successful progression to the next academic year of the Program for courses in which a grade of "B-" is required to pass the course).

 

viii.     Grades Given  in Failed Non-MED Courses

For unsatisfactory performance in a required, non-MED course (including electives), a student will receive a grade of “C-,” “D,” “F,” “WF” or "WU" [withdrew unofficially] (see "City College Regulations on Dropping Courses," above) and, if eligible, will be required to take the course again. Both grades (the originally failed course and the retaken course) will appear on the student's transcript.

 

ix.    Course Reassessment Policy

Course reassessment means a student has not successfully completed an academic course; i.e., has failed a course, is not prepared to proceed, and must correct the deficit before progressing to the next course.

City College courses, including General Chemistry (MED 10200) and Bio-Organic Chemistry (MED 20300) that are failed and repeated are counted as part of the total number of course failures (reassessments).

A student may be permitted a maximum of five (5) reassessments throughout the years in the Program.

If a student fails a course, but the student has reassessed the  maximum  of  five  (5) courses, and the student has not had a  prescription year, the student will be placed on a prescription year.

If a student fails a course, but the student has reassessed the maximum of five (5) courses, and the student has had a prescription year, the student will be dismissed from the Program.

A student placed on a prescription year will have a curriculum developed for that year in consultation with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Course Director of the failed course.

ixa. Reassessment  in  a  course where a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Examination is required

If a student is eligible to participate in a course reassessment program, a reassessment examination will be administered as  follows:

•           Failed the NBME Subject Examination only

If a student successfully meets all course requirements except for  passing  the NBME subject examination, the student will receive a grade of “INC” [incomplete]. The student will be required to take a second NBME subject examination. In this situation retaking the subject exam does not count as a reassessment. However, if a student fails the NBME subject examination on the second attempt, the grade of “INC” [incomplete] will convert to “PEN” [pending] and it results in a course failure. Eligibility to repeat the course in the next academic year will depend on the student’s academic history, (see "Grades Given When the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Examination is Failed," above).

•           Failed the Course, but passed the NBME Subject Examination

If a student passed the NBME subject examination, but the student's overall average in a MED course is unsatisfactory (less than B-), the student will receive a grade of “PEN” [pending] in that course (see "Guidelines for Medical Courses," above). If the Course Director recommends the student for a reassessment program and the student is  eligible,  the student will take a course reassessment examination.

•           Failed the Course and the NBME Subject Examination

If a student’s overall average in a MED course is unsatisfactory, and the student fails the NBME subject examination, the student will receive a grade of “PEN” [pending] in that course (see "Guidelines for Medical Courses," above). If the Course Director recommends the student for a reassessment program and the student is eligible,  the  student  will  take  a course reassessment examination.

If the student passes the course reassessment, the student then will be eligible to retake the NBME subject examination.

If the student fails the course reassessment, the student has failed the  course  (see "Grades Given in Failed MED Courses," above). Under no circumstances, will the student be permitted to retake the failed NBME subject examination, since no numerical credit is given towards the final course grade from the NBME subject examination (see "Courses in Which a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Examination Is Required," above).

Course reassessment results are reported in accordance with the grading policies of the School (see "Grades Given in Failed MED Courses," above).

x.     Requirement for promotion to the next academic year

Students must successfully complete all requirements in each year of the curriculum in order to be promoted to the next academic year. Students will not be promoted to the next year while carrying academic deficiencies, except on the specific recommendation of the Student Academic Progress Committee.

xi.     Academic probation.

The Student Academic Progress Committee will recommend academic probation for any student who fails to successfully complete one or more required courses in a semester (see "Curriculum Requirements" and "Grading Policies and Requirements," above). Circumstances considered grounds for placement on academic probation also include the criteria for academic probation established by City College (e.g., failure to maintain the minimum required GPA of 2.0), as specified in the CCNY Bulletin of Undergraduate Programs.

To be removed from academic probation, a student must clear his or her record of all academic deficiencies within one year. If the student's academic performance does not improve, the student will be subject to dismissal from the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program.

A student on academic probation may not serve as a student government officer, as a club officer, as a student representative to any CCNY or CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program committee, or as an editor of any student publication, participate in intercollegiate athletics, or take a principal role in any  College-sponsored theater production.

xii.     Repetition of a failed course.

The Student Academic Progress Committee may recommend that a student who fails one required academic course in an academic semester, be allowed to repeat that course in the next semester or in the next academic year. The academic program for that student must be approved by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Failure of a course which is being repeated will result in dismissal from the Program.

xiii.     Prescription year.

The Student Academic Progress Committee may recommend a prescription year if a student has such serious academic deficiencies that he or she is unprepared for the next year of the curriculum but, in the committee's opinion, may be able to continue with the program if he or she repeats the year and corrects those deficiencies. A prescription year may be recommended, for example, if a student:

•    Fails to earn removal from academic probation within one year;

•    Fails a course and the student is not eligible for a reassessment;

•   Has reassessed the maximum number of courses permitted under the Course Reassessment Policy (see “Course Reassessment Policy,” above);

•    Fails after reexamination.

A student given a prescription year must retake, and successfully complete the requirements of all courses failed in the previous academic year. Additional courses and activities for the student will be determined in consultation with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The prescription year will be designed to provide the student with the best preparation possible for improved academic performance in subsequent years.

All course work during a prescription year must be completed successfully by the end of each semester; reassessment of courses being repeated is not allowed, but retaking a failed NBME subject examination in a course being repeated is allowed. Failure of course work during a prescription year is grounds for dismissal from the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. Furthermore, a student may not be granted more than one prescription year.

A student taking a prescription year may not serve as a student government officer, as a club officer, as a student representative to any CCNY or CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program committee, or as an editor of any student publication, participate in intercollegiate athletics, or take a principal role in any College-sponsored theater production.

1. Prescription Year Protocol

If a student has been placed on Prescription Year, the student will be responsible to meet with the following individuals:

•    The Director(s) of the failed course(s) in order to:

        -      assess the reasons for the failure;

-      plan an approach to re-taking the course;

-      identify courses at CCNY or other CUNY campuses that might help the student prepare to re-take the course.

             •     The Associate Dean for Student Affairs in order to:

-      plan and approve the courses (CCNY/CUNY) to be taken in the next term;

-      discuss the pattern of course failure and the potential career impact;

-      discuss possible reasons for course difficulties;

-      discuss available personal support services.

  • His/her advisor for support and guidance.
  •  The Director of Academic Records to be sure that all of the academic requirements are met.
  • A learning specialist at the Learning Resource Center to assess the reasons for the serious deficiencies and to recommend approaches to address them.

xiv.      Requirements for the awarding of the Baccalaureate degree.

To be eligible for graduation, students must have successfully completed the entire curriculum and other academic requirements of the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program.

1.    General Requirements

   Recommendations for graduation are based upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum of the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program in accordance with the requirements of the Board of Regents of the State of New York, the Trustees of the City University of New York, and the faculty of the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program; fulfillment of the moral and ethical standards necessary for the practice of medicine; and adherence to the goals of the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program.

In order to receive the B.S. degree, a student must resolve all fiscal obligations to the City College of New York and to the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program in a satisfactory manner.

The Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program reserves the right to withhold the B.S. degree from any candidate whom the Student Academic Progress Committee has not recommended for graduation on grounds  of  moral  or  ethical  unfitness  for  the profession of medicine.

In the event that a student is not recommended for graduation, the Dean of the School will notify the student within five days of the decision, in writing (by certified mail, return receipt requested). This is the only official notification transmitted to a student regarding this decision. The Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program is not responsible for the failure of a student to receive this notification.

Students have the right to appeal denial of graduation decisions to the Dean of the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program (see "Appeals Procedure," below). A student who refuses to accept the official notification letter loses the right to appeal the decision.

2.  Requirements for Graduation

Graduation for the B.S. degree requires successful completion of at least 120 credits of course work, including all the courses listed in the Curriculum section (A-I) for year 1 through 3 of the Program.

•           Total Number of Credits Required for Graduation

MED credits

71

Science credits

12

Humanities credits

15

Social Sciences credits

3

Elective credits

19

TOTAL

120